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The Eternal Radicalism Of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”

Aretha Franklin’s "Respect" is eternal. Anyone born after its release in 1967 might assume the song had existed since the Big Bang; it's the kind…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | August 16, 2018 - 12:00 pm

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20 Great Aretha Franklin Moments

When a truly iconic music figure dies, a eulogy can never tell the full story. Sometimes, you learn more about this person's impact on the…
Tom Breihan | August 16, 2018 - 11:03 am

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Outside Lands 2018: Saba Is Making His Chicago Visible For The Rest Of The Country

Chicago is my favorite city in the United States. I recognize that I base that opinion off almost nothing. I have reasons for this preference,…
Pranav Trewn | August 13, 2018 - 2:52 pm

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Flow 2018 Offers A Diverse, Gratifying Answer At The End Of Festival Season

There are a lot of festivals that happen later in the year, but often it feels like a last gasp for the summer season by…
Ryan Leas | August 13, 2018 - 12:56 pm

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Outside Lands 2018: Caleborate And SOBxRBE Are Preserving History In Their Hometown

This is the first year I’ve traveled to Outside Lands from more than an hour outside the Bay Area, having relocated to the East Coast…
Pranav Trewn | August 12, 2018 - 10:43 am

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Outside Lands 2018: A Carly Rae Jepsen Show Is Medicine For Cynicism

A great deal of ink has been spilled about Carly Rae Jepsen. Among her following -- who view her 2015 sophomore album Emotion as closer…
Pranav Trewn | August 11, 2018 - 11:28 am

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Musical.ly, Tik Tok, And The Memeification Of Music

"Do it for the Vine" was the unofficial slogan of the now-defunct, once wildly popular short-form video app Vine. You'd hear people shout it from…
Julia Gray | August 7, 2018 - 12:22 pm

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Billy Corgan Gives The People Of New Jersey What They Want And Then Some

As I trudged to the train station, the resentment bubbled.
Michael Tedder | August 3, 2018 - 4:40 pm

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A Final Pilgrimage To Warped Tour, As Told By A Former Scene Kid

It could have been my rookie naïveté, but witnessing the 2007 Vans Warped Tour felt magical. On the steamy pavement of the Hubert H. Humphrey…
Grace Birnstengel | August 2, 2018 - 9:20 am

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Still Sick After All These Years: The Grunge Era Kicked Off In Earnest 30 Years Ago Today

On August 1, 1988, the grunge takeover of the world began. That was the day that Sub Pop Records released Mudhoney's debut single, "Touch Me…
Phil Freeman | August 1, 2018 - 10:55 am

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Janet Jackson Brings Legacy Pop Star Allure To Panorama

The 2018 iteration of Panorama had a bumpy start. Thanks to the storms that have been hanging over New York all week, the first day…
Ryan Leas | July 29, 2018 - 3:35 pm

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“Kokomo” Is 30: The Strange Backstory To The Beach Boys’ Last Cultural Gasp

We'll start with the most obvious thing: there is no Kokomo. Not off the Florida Keys, anyway. Sure, a couple places staked claims, but only…
Brad Shoup | July 23, 2018 - 1:36 pm

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Pitchfork Music Festival: The Gratification And Frustration Of Lauryn Hill

There was a clock. You had to be looking at the stage from just the right angle to see it, but it was there. On…
Tom Breihan | July 23, 2018 - 11:36 am

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Pitchfork Music Festival: Japanese Breakfast Were Surprisingly Joyful, Unsurprisingly Great

Joy was pervasive Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival. Maybe that's odd considering the national mood lately has been characterized by hostility, despair, and righteous fury…
Chris DeVille | July 23, 2018 - 10:50 am

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Pitchfork Music Festival: Blood Orange Plays Negro Swan Songs To A Hero’s Welcome

Freetown Sound was a legend-confirming album. Dev Hynes' 2016 album as Blood Orange proved that his 2013 breakout Cupid Deluxe was no fluke. Nor was…
Chris DeVille | July 22, 2018 - 2:18 pm
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